Steve Clarke to be appointed first-team coach

Former Chelsea assistant manager Steve Clarke is to join Liverpool’s backroom staff following the appointment of Kenny Dalglish as manager on Saturday.

Clarke, a fellow Scot, was most recently first team coach at West Ham where he worked under Gianfranco Zola until last summer. He was a key part of the Chelsea set-up under Jose Mourinho.

Rumours of his appointment began on Saturday evening, shortly after Dalglish had landed back in England ahead of the Man United match, and on Sunday afternoon were reported by several local media outlets.

LFC correspondent Tony Barrett all-but confirmed the appointment on Radio 5 Live after the United defeat and both The Times and The Mirror are now reporting that Clarke will be appointed first-team coach at LFC.

Mike Kelly is currently first team coach but the former Fulham assistant and Roy Hodgson’s right-hand man is expected to leave this week.

Steve Clarke is expected to begin at Melwood on Tuesday and be in place for the Blackpool game on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Dalglish will be officially unveiled at a press conference at Anfield at 3pm on Monday afternoon.

UPDATE: Clarke’s appointment was confirmed on Monday morning.

Manager Kenny Dalglish said “Steve is a great addition to our backroom team and I’m delighted we’ve been able to bring him into the club.

“I am looking forward to working with Steve alongside Sammy and our other technical staff.”